Demetra Alikakos

Orland Park, IL

DePaul University, Bachelors in Bassoon Performance and Mathematics, 2022
Rice University, Masters in Bassoon Performance, 2024

Demetra Alikakos is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Rice University studying with Benjamin Kamins. She recently completed her bachelors at DePaul University where she double majored in bassoon performance and mathematics. While at DePaul, she studied with Keith Buncke, Miles Maner and William Buchman. In 2023, she was a finalist for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition. Demetra is originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago and began studying the bassoon during 8th grade.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I have killed every single succulent plant I have ever owned.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Sergei Rachmaninoff

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Watching movies and crafting.

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I hope to improve my orchestral skills and learn a bunch of repertoire.